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Arcadis teams inspire chartered surveyor Georgina Ablett

Arcadis teams inspire chartered surveyor Georgina Ablett

 August 10, 2018

Georgina Ablett is a chartered surveyor and project manager at Arcadis. She leads and encourages her colleagues through her proactive attitude - and her determination and focus on building strong working relationships contributes to her successful delivery of challenging projects. Georgina is also actively involved as a mentor for people looking to enter the construction industry. She is passionate about celebrating women in construction and engineering, and has encountered many career highlights as she enjoys her career in construction at Arcadis.

Well deserved recognition, Georgina received a commendation in the Rising Star category of the Women in Construction Awards. 

Georgina cites her colleagues as the main reason she enjoys going to work every day: “The people I work with are a source of inspiration, guidance and fun. Within Arcadis, there’s an incredible breadth of expertise. Someone is always able to answer my queries or direct me to someone else who can.& It is brilliant to be able to make a difference. In all my projects, the end product has been fantastic and really something the whole team can be proud of. It’s great to have something to show for all the hard work the team puts in. I love to return when a project is completed to see it in use and people enjoying it.”

What do you love about working for Arcadis?

“I love working in the construction industry because the projects make a difference to people’s lives. They improve the environment people work in, live in and socialize in.”

How does Arcadis help your professional development?

“I have just completed a Quest, which allows Arcadis employees to experience a week in another office. The goal is to understand more about the business and develop a chosen area of knowledge. I went to Singapore and Hong Kong, which was an amazing experience. I learned a tremendous amount, and I am looking forward to putting it into practice and presenting back my findings.”

How do you see Arcadis values coming to life?

“I love the independence and trust that the organization places in me to deliver projects and work with clients. This approach has really helped to develop my confidence in my own abilities.”

What are the 3 favorite projects you have worked on?

1. Prison building refurbishment, UK “This was the first project I delivered from inception to completion, and it made a huge difference to the prison. The team there are fantastic, and it was brilliant to be able to make a difference and help with the work they are doing.”

2. Office refurbishment for an infrastructure organization, UK “I led this project in the construction phase. The heritage building presented significant construction challenges. There was a great team approach to overcome the challenges, which included asbestos, water ingress and unknown services.”

3. Office fit-out for large professional services company “The project was challenging because of the fantastic high specification look and feel of the company’s global brand. Coordination between the base build and fit out project teams was essential.”

Why celebrate women in construction?

"I think it’s important we celebrate the work women do in the industry. We need to challenge perceptions and promote careers in the industry to those considering this as their career path. The whole industry has a skills shortage and so we need to encourage both men and women to get involved."

What has been your career high point?

"It’s difficult to pick one specific highlight. One thing that will always stand out in my mind as something I was really proud of was successfully leading my first project from inception to completion."

What makes a career in construction exciting for you?

"I love to see people using the buildings you helped to create, in the way you’d first envisaged. I think it’s fantastic to see something built and completed that you have spent so much time discussing, reviewing and agreeing."

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